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Theophil Syslo 11, Photojournalism

After shooting several baptisms at various Catholic churches in the Rochester area, I captured this image at Easter Vigil mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. 

Seven-year old Marcos Ortiz has just emerged from the holy water during his baptism by Matthew Clark, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester. 

I really like this photograph because of the expression on Marcos’ face. His mother, Rosemary Atiles Torres, is observing in the background following her own baptism moments before. Torres joined the congregation in 2009 and has enjoyed becoming part of the church. “This church has turned my life around,” she says.